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Here are some of the fish that didn't get away this summer!

Books

The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins of the Sanctuary of Anubis
By Robert Temple
http://www.sphinxmystery.info/
http://www.freemasonrytoday.com/48/p14.php
http://www.newdawnmagazine.com/Article/What_was_the_Sphinx.html
http://www.world-mysteries.com/farVisions3.htm
http://www.andrewcollins.com/page/news/News_vii_EQ12%20_1_May2009.htm
http://www.grahamhancock.com/forum/TempleR1.php
http://www.philipcoppens.com/sphinxmystery.html
http://www.robertschoch.com/sphinxcontent.html
(I will be writing my own review of this book. Like other reviewers I also reject the conclusion that the Sphinx ever had a dog’s head, however there is much in Temple’s new book that deserves study.)

When Baghdad Ruled the Muslim World: The Rise and Fall of Islam’s Greatest Dynasty
By Hugh Kennedy
(The book provides the necessary background for understanding how Constantinople regained control over the Islamic world.)
http://www.amazon.com/When-Baghdad-Ruled-Muslim-World/dp/0306814358
http://books.google.com/books?id=67fZB5YGkOQC&dq=Baghdad+Ruled+Hugh+Kennedy&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=eguaumc0bS&sig=o9JDbW5oKgCrkesbFTRtEIKTDJo&hl=en&ei=OyCfSpaiEKGe8QbXxZnhDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes
By Tamim Ansey
http://www.amazon.com/Destiny-Disrupted-History-through-Islamic/dp/1586486063
http://www.oregonlive.com/books/index.ssf/2009/05/_headline_tamim_ansarys_destin.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7cSYBDmZ7Y

The Forge of Christendom: The End of Days and the Epic Rise of the West
By Tom Holland
(The Year 1000 revisited.)
http://www.amazon.com/Forge-Christendom-Days-Epic-Rise/dp/0385520581
http://books.google.com/books?id=USSMpa29Q4MC&dq=Forge+of+Christendom&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=R2kKQaw2gP&sig=R93RA8vj_z49DwZjv6UtZnEJO3s&hl=en&ei=7iGfSonkEIKw8QaW4JzjDw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5#v=onepage&q=&f=false

Maimonides: The Life and World of One of Civilizations Greatest Minds
By Joel Kraemer
(This book details the political life of a leading “Jewish (and on occasion Muslim!) courtier”. It does buy in to the current notion of Medieval Spain having been an ideal society.)
http://www.amazon.com/Maimonides-World-Civilizations-Greatest-Minds/dp/038551199X

Defenders of the Faith: Charles V, Suleyman the Magnificent, and the Battle for Europe, 1520 -1536
By James Reston, Jr.
http://www.amazon.com/Defenders-Faith-Suleyman-Magnificent-1520-1536/dp/1594202257
(I bought this book but haven’t started reading yet.)

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the Battle for Europe (Hardcover)
by Andrew Wheatcroft
http://www.amazon.com/Enemy-Gate-Habsburgs-Ottomans-Battle/dp/product-description/0465013740
(Haven’t bought this one. It relates to a later period than the above title but looks good.)

The End of Empire: Attila the Hun and the Fall of Rome
By Christopher Kelly
(Brand new study of Attila although not a significant advancement over Mann’s book, which the author ignores as non-scholarly.)
http://www.amazon.com/End-Empire-Attila-Fall-Rome/dp/0393061965
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Attila-Hun-Barbarian-King-Fall/dp/0553816586

Jerusalem’s Traitor: Josephus, Masada, and the Fall of Judea
By Desmond Steward
http://www.amazon.com/Jerusalems-Traitor-Josephus-Masada-Judea/dp/0306818078
(This is a high-level overview of Josephus’ writings and often contradicts itself in opinion. Will likely become a resource for superficial Christian education.)

So Long as Men Can Breathe: The Untold Story of Shakespeare’s Sonnets
By Clinton Heylin
http://www.amazon.com/Long-Men-Can-Breathe-Shakespeare/dp/0306818051
(Fascinating discussion of the Tudor/Stewart London publishing business. The author over-reaches in a comparison with the modern record industry. England was a totalitarian state and the sonnets were obviously published because King James wanted them to be published due to their homo-erotic content.)

TV

“Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer”
http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/educational_and_howto/watch/v18698644M83K2zyq#
(Excellent program. Concludes that Ptolemy princess Arsinoe, sister of the famous Cleopatra, had a skull similar to the “ancient Egyptians”, i.e., the native Egyptian pharaohs that preceded the Ptolemies!)

“Clash of the Gods”
http://shop.history.com/?v=history_show_clash-of-the-gods
(Exquisite vignettes of Greek Myth)

Also see this new Greek Mythology site featured by The Daily Grail:
http://www.theoi.com/

“Tsunami from Outer Space”
http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/hd/3399/Overview
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMqQzC7_iss
(Could this be the Meteorite strike(s) that, according to Gavin Menzies author of 1421 and 1434, caused China to abandon its sea exploration and colonization?)

“Strait through the Ice”
http://www.sundancechannel.com/films/500320119
http://www.csrwire.com/press/press_release/16103-Sundance-Channel-Acquires-Eleven-Documentaries-to-Premiere-As-Part-Of-The-Green
http://freezeproject.org/alaska/2008/12/movies-for-your-mind-5/
(Evidence that global warming in the Viking Age revealed the “North-West” passage, and that its existence was known and desperately sought during the European struggle to colonize the New World after Columbus.)

Movies

“The Limits of Control”
http://www.filminfocus.com/film/the_limits_of_control
http://www.amazon.com/Limits-Control-Theatrical-Release/dp/B001UV4XV0
http://www.makingthemovie.info/2009/05/movie-review-limits-of-control.html
http://www.thehousenextdooronline.com/2009/04/limits-of-control.html
http://www.ifc.com/blogs/thedaily/2009/04/the-limits-of-control-round-2.php
http://www.justpressplay.net/movie-reviews/40-reviews/5290-the-limits-of-control.html
http://www.calendarlive.com/movies/reviews/cl-et-limits1-2009may01,0,5640766.story
http://www.portifex.com/LArts/FridayMovies/LimitsControl.htm
(This is a fabulous “political conspiracy” movie. I plan to write a review.)

“Jesus in India”
http://www.jesus-in-india-the-movie.com/
suzanna@jesus-kashmir-tomb.com
http://www.jesus-kashmir-tomb.com/

News

David Rohl announces his retirement from Archaeology. But the band is getting back together:
http://www.andrewgough.co.uk/17questions_rohl.html

“Tutankhamun’s Headrests - Jan Summers Duffy describes the unique set of headrests discovered in Tutankhamun’s Tomb, some of which he may have used in life.”
http://www.ancientegyptmagazine.com/issue54.htm

Shakespeare Authorship Debate:
http://www.doubtaboutwill.org/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=skeptics-take-on-the-life

Search for the tomb of Genghis Khan:
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/07/genghis-khan

Andrew Collins explores the Giza Netherworld
www.andrewcollins.com/page/news/EQ12%20_2_beneath.htm
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32417238/ns/technology_and_science-science

Göbekli Tepe, 9000 BC
http://www.laif.de/en/article/23607.html?viewtype=list&batch=0

Aztec Tomb in Mexico City
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6474037.ece

Tut’s Mommy
http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hOuCMFEO55L5ru_hLvYAdxhynVAw
http://aawsat.com/english/news.asp?section=7&id=17875
http://www.newspostonline.com/entertainment/dna-analysis-key-for-solving-mystery-of-king-tuts-origins-2009083067677

Dali Lama Interrupted
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/may/31/dalai-lama-osel-hita-torres

New Dawkins book, “The Greatest Show on Earth”
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/science/article6804971.ece
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/books/book_extracts/article6805656.ece

“Militant Atheists” (or, Is it o.k. for Atheists to Care?)
http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-oe-mooney11-2009aug11,0,3325228.story?track=rss
http://www.canada.com/life/Atheist+pathetic+Philosopher/1834362/story.html
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1202810/Camp-faithless-Is-Britains-atheist-summer-camp-harmless-fun-worried.html
http://philipball.blogspot.com/2009/06/debating-science-and-religion-with-sam.html
(Featured at The Daily Grail (6/26/09) “Unreasonable Reason”)